Spread the word about colorectal cancer with this tool kit
You will find information to raise awareness through different outlets
about colorectal cancer prevention and early detection. We hope you use
this guide to help spread awareness throughout the year and during the
month of March- National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month-with your patients
This kit is for all interested healthcare providers who want to help spread
the word about screening for colorectal cancer.
You will find suggested sample social media messaging to post, as well
as download printable fact sheets, posters, post cards, images and find
additional info through links to other resources.
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is
full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Share information on your social media outlets about Colorectal Cancer.
Add information about colorectal cancer to your newsletter.
Tweet about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Host a community event where patients can be active while learning about local
Add infographics to your website or social media profile.
How can I make a difference?
Anyone can raise awareness about colorectal cancer and take action toward
prevention. Communities, organizations, families, and individuals can
get involved and spread the word.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Talk to your patients about the importance of getting screened for colorectal
cancer starting at age 50.
- Encourage patients to get active - exercise may help reduce the risk of
Encourage your patients
over 50 to use this tool kit to learn more about colorectal cancer screening tests
and share information with others.
Maryland Colorectal Cancer Stats
Regular screening, beginning at age 50* for persons over average risk,
is the key to preventing colorectal cancer.
- *Age 45 for African Americans
- More than 90 percent of colorectal cancer in persons over 50 years
Download the Risk Factors Handout
Get the Word Out
Communicating on Social Media
Communicating on Social Media
Hashtags for Colorectal Cancer Awareness month
True or false? You should get tested regularly for colorectal cancer starting
at age 50.
Answer: Starting at age 50, get tested regularly for colorectal cancer.
When it comes to colorectal cancer screening, you have options. Decide
which screening test you prefer:
Did You Know? Regular #PhysicalActivity can help reduce your risk for colorectal
cancer. Take these steps to #GetActive:
Sample Announcement for Newsletter, Listserv, or Media Release
Cut and paste this text into your newsletter, listserv, or media release.
Add local details and quotes from your organization.
- Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often
found in people ages 50 and older.
- Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third
most commonly diagnosed cancer for men and women combined. It affects
about 1 in 20 Americans.
- The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly
starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal
cancer - that’s why it’s so important to get screened.
- To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening,
[your organization] is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness
Month. Locally in 2018, 92 Maryland residents are affected by colorectal cancer.
- People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may
also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family
history of colorectal cancer. African Americans should be screened at
the age of 45.
Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:
- Get screened starting at age 50.
- Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
- Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
- Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.
- For more information, visit fmh.org/colorectalscreening
Take action to prevent colorectal cancer.
1. Contact fellow healthcare providers and ask to share colorectal cancer
prevention information with their patients.
2. Host a Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month event at your office. Give
out information about colorectal screenings and talk about the importance
of getting screened.
Request a Speaker
3. Partner with local African American community organizations to encourage
people to get screened for colorectal cancer.
List of resources or contacts
4. Share Colorectal Cancer Screening options or experiences with patients
to encourage them to get their screening.
Share your Story
Routine screenings for colorectal cancer are your best defense against
See which test is right for you
Talk to your doctor about when you should have a screening colonoscopy,
as well as other screening tests that make sense for you or contact Surgical
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